Dr Butler supports the development of the Periodicals and Print Culture Research Group (PPCRG), co-directed by Prof. Andrew Thacker and Dr Cathy Clay. She lectures on the Romantic Revolutions (Level 2), Travel Writing (Level 3), and Gothic Rebels & Reactionaries (Level 3) modules. She contributes to the Master's in English Research (MRes) and supervises students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
- Lecturer in English (Periodicals & Print Culture) (2020---)
- Lecturer in English (Romanticism), NTU (2017-20)
- Research Assistant in Travel Writing Studies, NTU (2016-17)
- PhD English Literature, Bangor University (2012-16)
- Graduate Tutor in English Literature, Bangor University (2013-15)
- MSt English Studies (1800-1914), University of Oxford (2010-11)
- BA Hons. English Lit & Psychology, Trinity College Dublin (2004-08)
A member of the Periodicals and Print Culture Research Group (PPCRG) and the Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS), Dr Butler undertakes research in nineteenth-century women’s travel writing, with an emphasis on print culture.
Her research interests include:
- The Romantics and Victorians in Italy
- Women writing revolution/ women’s political travel writing
- Travel writing in Victorian periodicals
- Early nineteenth-century guidebooks
- Nineteenth-century tourism
- Nineteenth-century expatriate literary networks
- Travelling readers and subscription libraries
Dr Butler first monograph, Revisiting Italy: British Women's Travel Writing and the Risorgimento, 1844-61, is under contract with the Routledge Research in Travel Writing series, with expected publication in spring 2021. Based on her doctoral research, the book examines the relationship between gender, national identity, political advocacy and literary authority in Victorian women’s travel accounts of Risorgimento Italy. The study considers travel writing in various forms and media from manuscript letters, through periodical serials, to privately printed accounts.
Shorter projects in progress include an article on Frances Minto Elliot’s periodical travel writing series in The New Monthly Magazine and Art Journal and an article on Thomas Cook's shortlived monthly All the World Over (1875-1876).
- Newsletter Editor of Snapshot Traveller for the International Society for Travel Writing (ISTW) (2016---).
- Reviewed books in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Studies in Travel Writing, Journal of Transport History, Modern Language Review, BARS Review, and BAVS Newsletter.
- Founding Editor (2013—14) of and Peer-reviewer (2017---) for The Dovetail postgraduate journal.
- Coordinator of Theatre of Thoughts, critical reading group, Bangor University (2012-14).
- ‘Writing Tourism’. Butler, R, The Oxford Handbook of Tourism History, ed. K. James and E. Zuelow, Oxford, Oxford University Press, forthcoming
- ‘Davies, Print Media, Journalism and Criticism’. Butler, R, A Critical Introduction to W.H. Davies, ed. R. Waterman, London, Anthem Press, forthcoming
- ‘'“[A] curious picture, and of varied detail”: Interpreting Amelia Edwards's Manuscript Travel Journal (1857-1872)'. Butler, R, Fictions. Studi sulla narratività, 18 (2019), 61-72
- ‘“Can anyone fancy travellers without Murray’s universal red books”? Mariana Starke, John Murray, and 1830s’ Guidebook Culture’. Butler, R, Writing in the Age of William IV, ed. M. McCue, R. Butler and A. M. Millim (= Yearbook of English Studies, 48 (2018)), pp. 148-70
- Writing in the Reign of King William IV (r. 1830-37) (= Yearbook of English Studies, 48 (2018)), eds. M. McCue, R. Butler, and A. M. Millim.
- 'From “colour and flair” to “a corporate view”: Evolutions in Guidebook Writing: An Interview with Jenny Walker’, Butler, R and S. Aatkar, Studies in Travel Writing, 21.2 (2017), 208-20
- Rebecca Butler, ‘Martyrdom or Militancy? Florence Nightingale’s Pi[o]us Pilgrimage, Rome (1847-48)’, in Women Rewriting Boundaries: Victorian Women Travel Writers, ed. by Precious McKenzie (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016), pp. 105-32
- Rebecca Butler, Ed., ‘Science and Literature’, The Dovetail: Bangor University Postgraduate Journal, 1 (2014), 1-4